February 3, 2003

Men's Track Sweeps

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The men’s track team exactly tripled the scores of Ivy League foes Harvard and Brown 102 to 34 in Boston over the weekend. In their first league meet of the season, eleven Red runners, throwers, and jumpers won their respective events and even more contributed high finishes in the blowout.

“We destroyed them,” said junior Jason Hart. “It was a real team effort. A lot of guys had really stellar performances, and others had a breakout meet.”

The team missed sweeping the entire competition by only three running events and two field competitions. Individual champions included sophomores Oliver Tassinari in the mile (4:10.46), Kenan Goggins in the 400m (49.3), Sam MacKenzie in the 1,000m (2:29.95), and Brian Eremita in the 500m (1:05.17); juniors Aldo Gonzalez in the 800m (1:53.19), Travis Offner in the pole vault (5.2m), Tyler Kaune in the long jump (7.07m), and Giles Longley-Cook in the weight throw (17.05m); and senior Derek Kingrey in the shot put (16.3m). Additionally, the 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams also won with times of 3:19.29 and 7:54.69, respectively.

Four Cornell runners and jumpers also placed second in the competition. Senior Dan Dombroski ran 8:22.37 in the 3,000m, freshman Brendon Earle turned out an 8.56 in the 60m hurdles, sophomore Ryan Schmidt bounded 2.01m in the high jump, and Tyler Kaune leaped 14.46m in the triple jump.

“The whole team is on a high right now,” said Hart following the meet.

Such a reaction is befitting of a team which can potentially dominate not only Harvard and Brown, but the entire Ivy League and the upcoming Heps Championship, as well.

The athletes will maintain their focus on each individual meet until the end of the season.

“We’re going to think of the feeling we have right now and use it to really drive us in practice,” said Hart. “We’re on fire right now and we’re going to keep it burning until we get to Heps.”

Archived article by Everett Hullverson